Camouflage, Concealment and Coyotes
The camouflage industry is flourishing. New patterns emerge every year. New materials become available and everyone has their favorite pattern or patterns. People get attached to their favorite camo patterns. It seems that critiquing someone's favorite camo pattern is akin to bad-mouthing their mother—you better be ready to fight! I love camouflage. It makes a statement. It shows our outdoor heritage. It makes us feel stealthier. And, proper camouflage actually does serve a purpose in the field by … (Read More)
Calling Coyotes—Sealing the Deal
As the screams drifted across the sage, my eyes scanned continually and my head was on a swivel knowing a coyote could appear at any moment. The earlier I detected him the more time I'd have to plan my final play. Would he end in the truck or wiser and warier than when he arrived? In short could I seal the deal or not? There. Was that light gray spot there when we sat down? I watch without raising my binoculars. There's a movement. Now he's working his way through the sage again. My partner this day is… (Read More)
Coyote Calling - The Set-Up
I settled in front of the juniper tree adjusting my Bipod legs to the height needed to make an effective shot on the creek bottom before me. A little over four minutes into Adult Cottontail from my Foxpro Fury two coyotes were loping towards the caller. The closest coyote clears the brush but decides it doesn't like what it isn't seeing. It turns back into the brush but stops as I let out a bark with my voice. Only its head and neck are visible over the brush but it moves a few feet back towards the call… (Read More)
The "Get-your-attention" howl was followed a minute later by Jack Rabbit Distress from a run-of-the-mill production open reed call. Nothing more high tech was necessary to have a mature pair of coyotes running at us through the sage one abreast of the other. My son, Ben, twelve at the time, sat across the sage from me and I whispered, "Left and right, Little Buddy. Left and right." indicating how we'd engage the targets. I "woofed" and, as luck would have it, the coyotes each stopped in the open and the simultaneous shots from our rifles…
Coyote Calling Gear
A few years ago I was fortunate to draw both an elk tag and a mule deer tag. I still-hunted within 35 yards of my four point buck while he fed on buck brush and I dropped my five point bull elk at 75 yards as he left a pine draw and moved onto a scab flat with his cows. Both animals were one shot kills dispatched with relative calm yet both were exciting in their own way. But, when the first coyote of the season came running to my calls, I nearly blew the whole thing as Coyote Fever gripped me!
Fur Loads By Tim Titus
The coyote came through the sage at a steady lope. Pivoting the rifle and bipod in his direction, I let out a "Woof". The coyote came to a stop and almost simultaneously dropped like the proverbial sack of potatoes.